Topic: Housing

#Parkupforhomes set to take place near Parliament grounds

By Online News - Rereātea

The #Parkupforhomes concept supporting the homeless is set to take place close to Parliament in Wellington this weekend.

On Saturday from 6pm to 6am, families are being invited to park up in their cars for the night to show solidarity with the families who have to endure it every night.  

The event, as referred to by one of it's leading organisers Justin Latiff is about "showing tautoko towards a community doing it rough in their cars and vans. It also sends the message to the politicians that New Zealand does care and they do want better measures for those struggling."

It will be a peaceful protest that will take place near Parliament grounds. It's a strategic placement as organisers wish to show the government that change is needed.

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) , along with community members have helped put the event together. 

CPAG spokesperson Alan Johnson says, "This growing problem of street and carpark homelessness will not disappear by simply rezoning paddocks as Nick Smith would have us believe.

"As an urgent priority, we simply need to go out and build more state houses. Instead of squeezing dividends out of Housing New Zealand, the Government should be throwing hundreds of millions of dollars into Housing New Zealand so that it can build more state houses on land it already owns."

Last week, the first #Parkupforhomes was held in Mangere, where an impressive 600 cars and at least 1,000 came together to show their support.